Peanut butter cutout cookie

I found this recipe on the Reese’s website. I wanted an alternative to the ordinary cutout cookie. These are killer and it’s almost a shame to put any icing on them. I think the best pairing is some drizzled chocolate, but play around…the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!!!

Peanut butter cutout cookie

Ingredients

  • * 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • * 1 cup REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips
  • * 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • * 1 egg
  • * 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • * CHOCOLATE CHIP GLAZE or PEANUT BUTTER CHIP GLAZE(recipes follow)

Instructions

  1. 1. Combine butter and peanut butter chips in saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Pour into large bowl; add brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda and pecans; blend well. Refrigerate 15 to 20 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  2. 2. Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough, a small portion at a time, on lightly floured board or between 2 pieces of wax paper, to 1/4-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough in refrigerator.) With cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. 3. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until almost set (do not overbake). Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
  4. 4. Drizzle CHOCOLATE CHIP GLAZE or PEANUT BUTTER CHIP GLAZE onto each cookie; garnish as desired. About 3 dozen cookies.
  5. CHOCOLATE CHIP GLAZE: Place 1 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
  6. PEANUT BUTTER CHIP GLAZE: Place 2/3 cup REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips and 1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 30 seconds; stir. Microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. About 1/3 cup glaze.
  7. VARIATION: SLICE AND BAKE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES: Prepare dough as directed above. Refrigerate 15 to 20 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Shape dough into two 6-inch rolls. Wrap rolls in wax paper or plastic wrap; freeze 1 to 2 hours or until firm enough to cut. Cut dough into 1/4-inch thick slices. Proceed as directed for baking and cooling.
  8. If you have to ask, don’t make them.

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